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A study of business ethical practices in Australian organisations: a multiple case study Peter Wai-Hong Wong
Southern Cross University

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Wong, PW 2006, 'A study of business ethical practices in Australian organisations: a multiple case study', PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. Copyright PW Wong 2006

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A Study of Business Ethical Practices in Australian Organisations - A Multiple Case Study.

Peter W. Wong
March 2006
Volume I

A research thesis submitted to the Graduate College of Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

A Study of Business Ethical Practices in Australian Organisations - A Multiple Case Study.

CERTIFCATE

I certify that the work presented in this thesis is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, original except as acknowledged in the text and that the material has not been submitted, either in whole or in part, for a degree at this or any other university. I also certify that, to the best of my knowledge, any assistance and help received in preparing this thesis, and all sources used have been acknowledged in this thesis.

Peter Wai-Hong WONG, 24 March 2006

This thesis has been copy-edited by Gita Sankaran, Justine Bromley and John Psarologos

Copyright © Peter Wong 2006

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A Study of Business Ethical Practices in Australian Organisations - A Multiple Case Study.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to acknowledge the people and organisations who made this research possible.

Firstly, I would like to thank Associate Professor Shankar Sankaran, for his professional advice and guidance in assisting and supporting this research so that it could be completed within the time frame. Associate Professor Sankaran’s professionalism has inspired me to question my approach throughout this project and indeed provided an opportunity to learn beyond completing this thesis. Over the past three years, his role as my supervisor has evolved into a long lasting friendship which I shall treasure for years to come.

Secondly, my special thanks to Gita Sankaran, who diligently proof read and copy-edited the draft. Justine Bromley, who in spite of her personal issues was able to keep track of my work and John Psarologos who used his distinguished computer skills to format this thesis.

Thirdly, I am exceedingly grateful to all the participants for their valuable time and the organisations they represented to agree to a frank, truthful discussion on the subject. Additionally, I would also like to thank my colleagues for assisting in triangulating the findings. I am especially in debt to Craig Wyman, who provided sound advice and assistance in conducting the interviews and later in verifying the coding data to minimise coding bias.

This thesis would not be completed without the help of others-in particular, Brett James, Bill Hegel, Eddie Ma and Ganesh Natarajan. Ganesh Natarajan, who in my moment of desperation on data transcription came to the rescue. In addition, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the administration and academic staff at Southern Cross University, in particular Sue White. Due to limited space I am unable to thank everyone involved in this learning journey of mine but please rest assured that your efforts and concerns are greatly appreciated.

Finally, I would also like to thank my wife Emmy and my children Brandon and Melinda for their understanding and tolerance throughout this journey....
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